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Chipboard factory death post-mortem result withheld

  • 8 August 2011
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James Dennis Kay
Image caption Mr Kay was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene

The results of a post-mortem examination into the death of a Merseyside chipboard factory contractor are being withheld.

Police investigating the death of James Dennis Kay, 62, at Kirkby's Sonae Industria on Saturday said they would reveal the result following more tests.

The plant closed on Sunday as a mark of respect to Mr Kay from Heywood, Greater Manchester, but it re-opened on Monday.

A joint police and Health and Safety Executive investigation is under way.

A statement from Merseyside Police said: "The post-mortem examination has concluded and the cause of death has been withheld pending further tests."

Mr Kay died at the scene shortly after emergency services were called just before 1100 BST on Saturday.

No-one else was injured in the incident.

He had been working for sub-contractor Andrew Connolly Demolition, which was responsible for demolishing a section of the site damaged by a fire in June.

George Howarth, the Labour MP for Knowsley, had called for the site to be permanently closed down following the blaze.

In December 2010 two workers died after falling into a machine at the plant.

Police said Mr Kay's next-of-kin had been informed of his death and that specially-trained Family Liaison Officers were providing them with advice and support.

Sonae Industria, which opened the factory in 2000, uses wood chippings in the manufacture of chipboard and particle board.

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